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Newark Hospital rated good and parent hospital King's Mill is outstanding

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Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust has gained an outstanding rating for King's Mill Hospital from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) - the only one in the East Midlands to earn the accolade.

The CQC has improved the rating of Newark's parent hospital, King’s Mill to outstanding from good, with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (SFHFT) rated as good overall.

Over 90% of the services provided by SFHT are based at King's Mill.


Newark Hospital’s rating was improved from requires improvement to good overall in the report published today (Thursday) following an assessment of services in January and February 2020.

Services at Mansfield Community Hospital were not visited as part of the assessment, with the site remaining good overall and outstanding for care.

The trust is rated outstanding for the care it provides, while the Critical Care service at King's Mill was also rated outstanding.

Newark Hospital.. (4147368)
Newark Hospital.. (4147368)

Five of the 15 core services at SFHT have an outstanding rating.

In a positive report, many areas have improved since the last inspection in August 2018, including the trust’s safe domain improving from requires improvement in 2018 to good in 2020.

All 15 of the SFHFT core services have been rated good for safety.

The trust’s Critical Care service was noted for making significant efforts to meet the individual needs of all their patients.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust. (34647928)
Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust. (34647928)

There was particular praise for the process devised by colleagues within the service for new mothers to view and bond with their babies whilst admitted in the unit, which was described as exceptional.

Children and young peoples’ services at King's Mill was also praised.

Richard Mitchell, chief executive said: “I am pleased both sites visited by inspectors have improved their overall rating which is reward for a huge amount of hard work.

"We are proud King’s Mill Hospital is now officially an Outstanding site and the only outstanding hospital in the East Midlands and Newark has improved to good overall.

"I hope this gives a boost to colleagues who have been working incredibly hard in unprecedented circumstances this year.

“It was fantastic to read about the areas of outstanding care the inspectors witnessed and this is testament to the colleagues at Sherwood and across the Mid Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Partnership.

“I was pleased to see Newark Hospital was able to showcase the improvements that have been made at the site over the past few years.

"To get a good overall rating for Newark and all five domains rated good is a fantastic achievement and one we are very proud of.

“We know there is further improvement required at Sherwood and we are focussed on making Sherwood an even better place to work and receive care.

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Ted Baker, said: “All the staff at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should be proud of the care they are providing to people using their services.

"Inspectors were particularly impressed by how caring staff were across services which is why we rated this area as Outstanding. Improvements were also made with regards to safety which is now rated as good overall.

“The trust had a clear structure for overseeing quality across services. This gave them greater oversight of any issues and they responded when support was needed.

"Staff at all levels were clear about their roles and accountabilities and had regular opportunities to meet, discuss and learn.

“Staff understood the trust’s vision and values, and how to apply them in their work.

They felt respected, supported and valued, and were focused on the needs of patients receiving care.”

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